We both love Prague, but sometimes it can get truly crowded with all of the tourists. It is so easy and cheap to actually go to explore other towns which are also beautiful for its historical buildings and picturesque squares. Not only that you won´t be fighting in massive groups of people, but you will be able to see the true life, taste the real local food and pay normal and not touristy prices. The amount of cities is rather big. In this blog post, we will show you two of them, which are located in the South and as we travel through my country we will bring you more such inspirational blog posts.
This town is well known for its Italian Renaissance architecture, colourful houses with arcades surrounding the Zachariáš of Hradec Square. You can visit a beautiful and well-preserved chateau, formerly a Gothic castle, with carved wood ceilings and beautiful gardens. Simply choose a restaurant of your choice and enjoy your day with a good meal while overlooking the colourful square. An hour or two visits should be enough.
It is 1:45 by car.
If you liked the Notre Dame or St. Vitus cathedral, then you will for sure like the St Barbara's Church here in Kutna Hora. It is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The difference is, that there are almost no tourists and so you get to see it fully, or just lay on a patch of grass there in front of the church and admire it as long as you want. If you want to see something truly unique and bizarre, then take a bus (you can walk, but it´s like 2,5km) to Sedlec Ossuary "Kostnice" in Czech. It is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints and contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.
The town of Kutna Hora itself is very calm yet has it all, restaurants, cafes, parks, castle, architecture and all of that with no touristy traps.
Reachable by car within an hour or by train. The price of the train differs a bit, but it is approximately between 90 and 120 czk. The tickets can be purchased at the main train station in Prague or online here.